A group of NGOs have called for significant compensation for workers ahead of the World Cup in Qatar Migrant workers in Qatar have been a thorny issue before the World Cup. © Sean Gallup / Getty Images

FIFA is being told to compensate migrant workers in Qatar to the tune of $440 million for alleged human rights abuses during the construction of World Cup facilities.

A demand by Amnesty International in conjunction with Human Rights Watch, Supporters Europe, and trade union The Building and Wood Workers’ International has been issued around six months before Qatar is set to become the first Arab nation ever to host a FIFA World Cup.

“It is already too late to erase the past suffering, and it is time for FIFA and Qatar to put things right,” read a report by Amnesty.

“Qatar has a clear obligation to prevent human rights abuses and compensate abuse. But FIFA also has important responsibilities that we must all make sure it lives up to. (RT)